June 30, 2017

A few gut microbiome reviews, apparently a simple bacterial community in bullet ants, circadian rhythm of rhizosphere bacterial communities, and you might want to think twice before you step into the ocean for a swim this summer.

General microbiology

Mapping quorum sensing onto neural networks to understand collective decision making in heterogeneous microbial communities – Tahir Yusufaly & James Q. Boedicker – ePub in Physical Biology, first in arXiv

Cheating fosters species co-existence in well-mixed bacterial communities – Anne Leinweber, R Fredrik Inglis and Rolf Kümmerli – ISME Journal

One ligand, two regulators and three binding sites: How KDPG controls primary carbon metabolism in Pseudomonas – Rosaria Campilongo et al. – PLoS Genetics

PrePrint: Statistics and simulation of growth of single bacterial cells: illustrations with B. subtilis and E. coli – Johan H. van Heerden et al. – bioRxiv

Performance of electro-spun carbon nanofiber electrodes with conductive poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) coatings in bioelectrochemical systems – Juan J.L. Guzmana & Meryem O. Pehlivaner Kara et al. – Journal of Power Sources

Press: Bacteria-coated nanofiber electrodes digest pollutants – Blaine Friedlander – Phys.org

Human skin microbiome

Review: Keratinocytes as sensors and central players in the immune defense against Staphylococcus aureus in the skin – Katharina Bitschar et al. – Journal of Dermatological Science

Human gut microbiome

Review: The nutrition-gut microbiome-physiology axis and allergic diseases – Craig McKenzie – Immunological Reviews

16S sequencing and functional analysis of the fecal microbiome during treatment of newly diagnosed pediatric inflammatory bowel disease – Ashton JJ et al. – Medicine (Baltimore)

Review: The Critical Roles of Polysaccharides in Gut Microbial Ecology and Physiology – Nathan T. Porter and Eric C. Martens – Annual Reviews of Microbiology

Review: Gut Microbiota as a Target for Preventive and Therapeutic Intervention against Food Allergy – Rosita Aitoro et al. – Nutrients

Two distinct metacommunities characterize the gut microbiota in Crohn’s disease patients – Qing He & Yuan Gao et al. – GigaScience

Animal experiments

PrePrint: Clostridium difficile colonizes alternative nutrient niches during infection across distinct murine gut microbiomes – Matthew L Jenior et al. – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome

PrePrint: Bacterial community profiles and Vibrio parahaemolyticus abundance in individual oysters and their association with estuarine ecology – Ashley L. Marcinkiewicz et al. – bioRxiv

Diversity and Persistence of the Gut Microbiome of the Giant Neotropical Bullet Ant – Corrie S. Moreau & Benjamin E. R. Rubin – Integrative and Comparative Biology

PrePrint: Gut microbiota in the burying beetle, Nicrophorus vespilloides, provide colonization resistance against larval bacterial pathogens – Yin Wang & Daniel Rozen – bioRxiv

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Effects of habitat constraints on soil microbial community function – Naoise Nunan et al. – Scientific Reports

Diurnal cycling of rhizosphere bacterial communities is associated with shifts in carbon metabolism – Christopher Staley et al. – Microbiome

Biological control of Pythium, Rhizoctonia and Sclerotinia in lettuce: the plant protective activity of the bacterium Paenibacillus alvei K165 is associated with the induction of systemic resistance – G. Fatouros et al. – Plant Pathology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Membrane biofilm communities in full-scale membrane bioreactors are not randomly assembled and consist of a core microbiome – Gerald K. Matar & Samik Bagchi et al. – Water Research

Comparison of two bioinformatics tools used to characterize the microbial diversity and predictive functional attributes of microbial mats from Lake Obersee, Antarctica – Hyunmin Koo et al. – Journal of Microbiological Methods

Built environment

Hospital Building and Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) in terms of total contamination data and cases grouped by department/areas – Shadha M. Abbas Al Asadi – Scientific Journal of Medical Research

Microbes in the news

The Bugs That Keep Us Safe – Maria-Luisa Alegre – American Journal of Transplantation

Study on human skin microbiome finds archaea abundance associated with age – Phys.org

The Dust Storm Microbiome – Weismann Institute of Science – Laboratory Equipment

Starbucks’ iced coffee may have fecal bacteria in it — so do all these other things – Donovan Harrell – Miami Herald (BBC investigation)

Bacteria change a liquid’s properties and escape entrapment – Gail Mccormick – Phys.org

Only association: Gut feelings are real: Some people have stomach bacteria that makes them more anxious and stressed, study shows – DailyMail

Elevated bacteria counts found at 4 Island beaches – Rick Kelley – Valley Morning Star

Plasmids: traffickers of antibiotic resistance – Modernising Medical Microbiology – University of Oxford

Microbes on the market

Diabetes: J&J and Seventure Partners launch investment – tg – European Biotechnology

Global Microbiome Drugs Market 2017- Pfizer, Second Genome , Seres Therapeutics, MaaT Pharma, Enterome Bioscience – Nakul Shirke – Daily Hover

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